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September 24, 2011 (Saturday)'s note, opinion and commentary: 

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Orthodoxy is not a religion.  It is CHRISTIANITY itself! To a true Christian, the events taking place through out the world and locally in the USA today is important because of how it may (and in some instances has) affected our religious rights and freedoms here in the U.S.A and in some other Western World Countries already.

Initially we had begun by "Subject" but found that by "DATE" is a better format.  Thus, the former entitled "Concerning" below are a form of archival resources while the remainder is by dating. 

As Thou, Father, art in me and I in Thee; that they also may be one in Us. (John 17:21)

Christopher Herman 7:12pm Sep 23
"An aged Roman Catholic priest who offered objective moral truth to his parishioners has been relieved of his office. Bishop Valery Vienneau of the Diocese of Bathurst, in New Brunswick, Canada, removed Eudist Father Donat Gionet (left) from his ministry because he gave sermons about homosexuals, abortion, and fornication, clearly enunciating Roman Catholic teaching on the subjects.

Nervous church authorities, under pressure from “the community,” cashiered Gionet because he was not “sensitive” enough in articulating the faith."
Canadian Priest Removed for Homilies on Sin

“His loudest critic,” the website reported, “was the mayor of Saint-Leolin, Joseph Lanteigne, an ope

Christopher Herman 1:00pm Sep 23
"If speaking allotment is to reflect polling trends, Google and Fox clearly failed in this endeavor.
Ron Paul, who is now hitting third place in most polls, is still being shunned by most of the media, and it continued last evening. Other than Gary Johnson, he received less speaking time than everyone else on stage. Last night, Mitt Romney received 12:09, while Rick Perry clocked in at 11:10. Ron Paul, on the other hand, spoke for 4:33 — not even half a minute more than polling caboose Gary Johnson, who received only five questions, no responses, no follow-ups and spoke for a total of just 4:10. John Huntsman, who is polling significantly lower than Paul in most polls, received the third greatest amount of time at 7:41."
The American Conservative » Daily Round-Up: Isolated Israel and a GOP Debate Review

Hamas rules Gaza. Hezbollah rules Lebanon. The Turks have turned hostile. The Palestinian Authority

Christopher Herman 12:55pm Sep 23
US spy Pollard tried to spy for Australia before spying for Israel

Iin her first-ever public interview, Pollard’s FBI interrogator has revealed that he also spied for

Christopher Herman 11:32am Sep 23
'We Won't Pay': Greece's Middle Class Revolt against Austerity - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - Internation

Small business owners in Greece have long been the backbone of the economy and reliable taxpayers in

Christopher Herman 9:31am Sep 23
Bereishit and Allegory | Hirhurim – Torah Musings

Is it possible that science and Torah do not conflict, for the simple reason that they do not discus

Christopher Herman 9:28am Sep 23
"The controversy over the Palestinian bid for statehood should not distract policymakers from the main event. Assad’s fall — or his attempts to cling to power — could easily trigger prolonged armed conflict that could well spread beyond Syria’s frontiers. The situation is exacerbated by the interests of Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Turkey, who all have much to gain or lose if Damascus is abandoned. Iran could lose an important ally; the Saudis want a Sunni majority government that might be more radical than its neighbors would like; and Turkey will be worried about the Kurds. And given the close links between Syria and Lebanon and the weakness Lebanon’s government and the sectarian factionalism of its politics, it is likely that anything that happens in Syria will have profound implications for Lebanon."
The Real Crisis In The Middle East Is Not Palestinian Statehood | Via Meadia

Most of the eyes that follow the Middle East are focused on the Palestinian bid for statehood at the

Christopher Herman 9:27am Sep 23
"Leave aside that this proposed state has no currency, no recognized boundaries and no support from a Gaza controlled by Hamas. There are also sizable complications in that the Palestinians are bound by official agreements to negotiate directly with Israel and that they have twice in the last decade refused the very state they’re now asking for from the U.N. In 2000 and 2008, Israel agreed to the creation of a Palestinian state with virtually all of the territory it had before the 1967 war. Unfortunately, Palestinian leaders have never been, and are not now, prepared to permanently give up the claim to all of the land first laid out by their Islamist leaders in the 1920s."
RealClearPolitics - A Century of Palestinian Rejectionism

Casual observers of Middle Eastern politics must be somewhat confused by reports that the West Bank

Christopher Herman 9:24am Sep 23
Sarkozy Told Obama China’s Yuan Should Be in SDR Basket - Businessweek

French President Nicolas Sarkozy told President Barack Obama that the yuan should be included in the

Christopher Herman 9:03am Sep 23
"I note this to make clear the particular importance, for me, of Ron Suskind's book on the creation of President Obama's economic policy, "Confidence Men." If Mr. Suskind is right, I have been wrong in my critiques of the president's economic policy. None of it was as bad as I said. It was much worse.

The most famous part of the book is the Larry Summers quote that he saw it as a "Home Alone" administration, with no grown-ups in charge. But there's more than that. Most of us remember the president as in a difficult position from day one: two wars and an economic crash, good luck with that. But Mr. Suskind recasts the picture.

Like FDR, Mr. Obama had big advantages: "overwhelming popular support, Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress, and the latitude afforded by crisis." But things were weird from the beginning. Some of his aides became convinced that his "lack of . . . managerial experience" would do him in. He ran meetings as if they were afternoon talk shows. An unnamed adviser says the 2009 stimulus legislation was the result of "poor conceptualizing." Another: "We should have spent more time thinking about where the money was being spent, rather than simply that there was this hole of a certain size in the economy that needed to be filled, so fill it." Well, yes.

The decision to focus on health care was the president's own. It could have been even worse. Some staffers advised him—this was just after the American economy lost almost 600,000 jobs in one month—that he should focus on global warming.

Mr. Suskind's book is controversial, and some of his sources have accused him of misquoting them. The White House says Mr. Suskind talked to too many disgruntled former staffers. But he seems to have talked to a lot of gruntled ones, too. The overarching portrait of chaos, lack of intellectual depth and absence of political wisdom, from a Pulitzer Prize-winning former reporter at this paper, rings true."
Noonan: Amateur Hour at the White House

But at the U.N., Obama stands tall, while Perry makes himself small, Peggy Noonan writes.

Christopher Herman 9:01am Sep 23
"In regard to the health care "reform" measure in 2009, President Barack Obama assured the nation that the 1000-plus page measure was vital -vital- to ensure that all Americans were finally covered by health insurance. In praising its passage in the House, Obama said the measure "will begin the process of fixing what's broken about our health care system, reducing costs for all, building on what works, and covering an estimated 97 percent of all Americans."

That prediction isn't likely to come true, for even a former head of the Democratic Party says not only will millions of Americans lose their preferred coverage after the so-called "Obamacare" legislation kicks in completely, but its price tag is liable to double.

Howard Dean, a physician, onetime Democratic candidate for president and former head of the Democratic National Committee, said this week that when Obamacare takes full effect, as many as one-third of the nation's small businesses will opt to drop their employee coverage.

"This is very good for small business," Dean said. "There was a McKinsey study, which the Democrats don't like, but I do, and I think it's true. Most small businesses are not going to be in the health insurance business anymore after this thing goes into effect."

The study pointed out that one of Obama's key promises - that employees would be able to keep their employer-provided insurance plans - won't be true for employees of about 45 percent of small businesses, because those same businesses are planning to drop employee coverage because it'll be cheaper for them to do so.

Which leads to the second of Obama's two main promises - that his healthcare reform measure won't add to the nation's deficit.

As it turns out, employees who are tossed off their employer's plans will then be eligible to sign up for one of those government (read taxpayer) provided health insurance exchange pools. And that, as they say, is where the real money is."
Former top Democrat says when Obamacare takes effect, small businesses will drop employee health cov

Former top Democrat says when Obamacare takes effect, small businesses will drop employee health cov

Christopher Herman 8:46am Sep 23
"As I have observed the mainstream media (MSM, to the cognoscenti) over the past few decades, I have noted a growing infatuation with the words moderate and extremist. Those words, paired together in a particular way, have become far more common.
In California, where I live, every time the legislature has trouble passing a budget, pundits blame it on a decline in the number of moderate members, whose seats are now held by extremists. Of course, what is really involved is that Democrats, who have long dominated the legislature, have found it harder to buy off enough Republican votes to impose their budget priorities, which invariably involve increasing the burden on some to give more to others. When opposition-party members who are only moderately attached to the principle of self-ownership (moderates) are replaced with those more firmly attached to it (extremists), at least with regard to taxes, the price of buying the necessary swing votes can rise dramatically. Democrats cannot impose their agenda as easily and gridlock becomes more common.
The MSM treatment of the tea party during the debt-ceiling impasse followed much the same line. In the wake of a historic expansion of federal power and spending, where 40 percent of every dollar had to be borrowed, pundits called for moderates, because they would compromise toward President Obama's demand for higher taxes, rather than the current extremists, who wanted to undo some of the new and improved profligacy in government outlays.
In both of these examples, and many others (such as the MSM treatment of Rep. Ron Paul throughout his political career), the moderation called for is always moderation in defense of some aspect of liberty (self-ownership), so that further inroads can be imposed, with those firmest in their defense tarred as unreasonable extremists."
Moderates, Extremists, and Liberty

Pundits today decry the decline in the number of moderate lawmakers. They call for compromise and la

Christopher Herman 8:31am Sep 23
"They have already tried to infiltrate the Tea Party to make it seem as if the grassroots movement isn't so populist as one might think. At a Republican debate sponsored by the Tea Party, Ron Paul was booed by the very movement his 2008 candidacy started. What's more, he was booed while answering a question that had been well established. Once again a candidate questioned Ron Paul's assertion that the foreign policy of the United States federal government led to the attacks on 9/11. As Dr. Paul tried to explain the concept of blowback and why meddling in the affairs of others can lead to feelings of resentment a chorus of boos cascaded from the crowd. This makes one wonder if the crowd was full of plants or if there are really that many people involved with the Republican Party and the Tea Party movement who simply haven't been paying attention for the last few years.

It was Rick Santorum who challenged Ron Paul on this issue, and I was hoping to see another lambasting like was given to Rudolph Giuliani in a 2008 debate. After all, the ex senator seems to require an education on the subject. He could have used a reading list as Dr. Paul gave to Mr. Giuliani to show just where the idea of blowback comes from. It should be understood that it wasn't Ron Paul that claimed US foreign policy caused 9/11, he is merely repeating the opinions of certain CIA operatives and foreign policy experts. Booing and jeering the messenger will not alter those facts. Trying to make it sound as if Ron Paul dreamed up the idea of blowback on his own will not make that concept any less dangerous."
Ron Paul and the Booing Teocons by Szandor Blestman

The mainstream media tried to ignore him. They thought they could keep his message

Christopher Herman 6:42pm Sep 22
"Once upon a time, America produced 50 percent of the world's finished goods and bestrode the globe like a colossus. But that was after World War II, when almost no other significant industrial force confronted the US. It was thus easy to be a statesman, especially in the mid-20th Century.

You just had to keep your mouth shut and let the ole globe keep spinnin' along. One, in fact, only had to accept the corporatist, monetarist, militarist status quo and pretend that America's prosperity was the result of its "free-market" makeup rather than the continental decimation of two world wars.

Of course, that was then and this is now. Something has gone terribly wrong with the American exception and with the Western paradigm for prosperity generally. We have speculated that this unraveling is premeditated. The great central banking families that want one world government seem to be driving the West toward bankruptcy in order to get their way.

Yes, perhaps the economic degeneration will not cease until global governance is achieved. People will be forced to cry out in grief and pain, accepting the political, monetary, military and judicial centralization that is being planned. They will be driven toward one world government like beasts herded toward an abattoir.

Is there some other explanation that makes sense? This economic system with all its dysfunction and ruin is premeditated. It didn't just "evolve." There are central banks all over the world now, where 50 years ago there were not. Most of these report to the Swiss-based BIS. And what the heck is the BIS? Most people know more about their favorite pop stars and sports heroes than this pre-eminent organizer of international finance.

Did you ever hear a news item about the BIS? Did you ever see a reporter standing in front of the BIS, explaining what was going on inside? The BIS may as well not exist. It is part and parcel of a system that does not explain itself, or the truth of its evolution or the calculated reality of its increasingly Draconian actions.

In the place of reality, numerous memes are floated to explain the inexplicable, expanding ruin of the world. One such meme is that capitalism itself is unstable and prone to systemic breakdowns. Another is that the systems in place have not yet been perfected and more globalism is the cure.

And then there is the idea that bickering, dysfunctional leaders are causing the problems afflicting the world today. This theme is one that is promoted on and off, depending on the news events of the day. When events seem to justify it, the theme is rolled out to distract people from the real destruction that is taking place.

The real destruction has to do with an almost pathological (at this point) overprinting of paper money. Combine this debasement of currency with sky-high taxes of up to 50 or even 75 percent in some Western countries, along with a tidal wave of regulations drowning what is left of any small entrepreneurial glimmers in America and Europe and you have a recipe for ongoing global ruin.

We are not supposed to notice. We are supposed to blame the unraveling on other issues. In America, one such issue is the partisan divide between Democrats and Republicans. Tomasky is good at reporting on this divide and writing columns about how political partisanship is helping to wreck the US economy."
The Daily Bell - Blame Republicans for the Depression

Michael Tomasky, a fairly partisan columnist for the Daily Beast, has written a column called "The P

Christopher Herman 6:34pm Sep 22
Fighting the Dictatorship of Relativism: The Pope's Role in the New Battle for Religion - SPIEGEL ON

The criticism of Benedict XVI in Germany became deafening ahead of the pope's visit to his homeland.

Christopher Herman 6:33pm Sep 22
Florida-Born Ron Dermer is Benjamin Netanyahu’s Most Influential Adviser - Tablet Magazine

Ron Dermer, a Florida-born Jew who started in politics working on the 1994 Republican Revolution, is

Christopher Herman 6:30pm Sep 22
"...oh how necessary it is for everyone not wishing to spend their old age in dreariness to become used to prayer early in life."

St. Theophyl fool-for-Christ

Christopher Herman 4:26pm Sep 22
"Ron Paul is certifiably nuts, according to the studied opinion of National Review pundits. It’s ironic that, in another feature article this month — in Time magazine, of all places — writers who presumably disagreed with many of Ron Paul’s ideas nevertheless managed to produce a thoroughly fair and professional description of Paul and his ideological influences, including economists Murray Rothbard (another figure on the libertarian right that Buckley and the National Review have always despised, and whom Buckley notoriously smeared in a brief obituary), Hans Sennholz, and Friedrich von Hayek."
National Review's Latest Smear: Ron Paul and The John Birch Society

National Review's latest cover story is a character assassination of Ron Paul and anyone who shares

Christopher Herman 10:11pm Sep 21
"Studies of suicide terrorists have shown that these attackers' primary motivation is usually not political anger, or even political ideology at all. More commonly, these individuals are struggling with severe personal crises and suicidal tendencies. Psychological assessments of preemptively arrested suicide bombers in Palestine found that more than 50 percent were depressed and 40 percent were suicidal. As one suicide terrorist admitted, he was willing to serve terrorist leaders for his own reasons, but not because he shared their priorities. "I thought hard and decided to accept their offer to carry out an act of itishhad [martyrdom], not because I belonged to the organization, but to realize my wish to die."

Furthermore, the sole academic study Paul cites to support his own political agenda is remarkably flawed. It purports to have proven that more than 95 percent of all suicide attacks are in response to foreign occupation. That sounds very impressive -- as does its authors' claim to have analyzed 2,200 separate suicide terrorism incidents since 1980. But the reality is that in many of these cases, scholars Robert Pape and James Feldman knew nothing about the individual terrorists except their gender and attack location. Given that lack of depth, it is professionally irresponsible -- not to mention inaccurate -- to claim knowledge of these attackers' motives. In addition, Pape has a very questionable reputation in the academic community: his prior book on suicide terrorism was ripped by fellow scholars for having a number of glaring logical flaws."
Ron Paul Is Wrong About 9/11, Studies Show

There is a fundamental psychological difference between the millions of people who hate U.S. policie

Christopher Herman 10:07pm Sep 21
"Bolkovac, whose story has been adapted into a new movie called The Whistleblower (opening in some theaters on Aug. 5) tells NPR's Scott Simon that her suspicion was first raised during a training session in Ft. Worth, Texas, before she ever left for Bosnia. "One of the men who had done previous missions in Bosnia came bounding into the pool with a beer stating where he could find really nice 12- to 15-year-olds once we got to Bosnia," Bolkovac says. Bolkovac says she and the other new officers tried to convince themselves they had misunderstood.

But once she got to Bosnia, the human trafficking was incredibly apparent. "It wasn't even well-hidden," Bolkovac says. "These brothels were disguised as bars and restaurants and hotels and strip clubs and dance clubs, and they were just scattered throughout the hills of Bosnia. The clientele were all internationals. I mean, let's face it: the locals didn't have the money to spend on this kind of an operation, so the international money was definitely funding the flow of the trade.""
A 'Whistleblower' Made Into A Hollywood Heroine : NPR

Kathy Bolkovac's experience uncovering human trafficking in Bosnia has been turned into a new movie

Christopher Herman 10:06pm Sep 21
"According to director Larysa Kondracki, the film actually had to be toned down parts to make the film more believable.
“It (sex-trafficking) was much more wide spread than the film shows. And I think in a way early scripts were a little more true to that, that didn't create the sort of sense of discovery for the audience, people just flat-out thought we were terrible writers and didn't buy the story, so we had to make it, I think, digestible for audiences,” she said."
Rachel Weisz at 'The Whistleblower' premiere in New York - Telegraph

British actress Rachel Weisz says her new thriller 'The Whistleblower' is her favourite type of f


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Mexican Officials Furious Over ATF Gunrunning

It later emerged that taxpayers were even financing at least some of the weapons, and that U.S. Atto

Christopher Herman 7:15pm Sep 21
"“The last thing you want to do is raise taxes in the middle of a recession,” President Barack Obama said in 2009. Two years later, in the midst of a still-struggling economy, Obama is proposing over $1.5 trillion in tax increases. What gives?"
Obama’s Deficit Reduction Sham

The President has apparently given up on his attempt to cover his leftist views with a veneer of mod

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